Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $719,801)
OVCs mission is to enhance the nations capacity to assist crime victims and provide leadership in changing policies and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. OVC achieves this mission, in part, by administering award programs supported by the federal Crime Victims Fund (CVF) to develop innovative training and technical assistance, and to provide direct services to improve the overall quality of victim assistance.
The overall goal of the Fiscal Year 2019 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program is to provide support to tribal communities to improve services for victims of crime. Under the solicitation, OVC solicited applications for funding to support a comprehensive range of activities including needs assessment, strategic planning, program development and implementation, program expansion, and other activities needed to address the needs of a wide variety of crime victims in tribal communities.
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will use the funding from this award, made under Purpose Area 2: Coordination and Expansion of an Existing Victim Services Program to identify barriers in disclosing, reporting, and seeking services for tribal victims of sexual assault. Funding will support a community needs assessment, strategic plan and subsequent staffing that includes a Project Assistant (0.25 FTE), a therapist (1 FTE), and a sexual assault advocate (1FTE). In addition, the project will identify policy and or codes for development or revision and update the Tribal Advisory Panel.